What makes the artist JJ Adams so popular?

This exciting young artist is touted as being the Next Big Thing on the British art scene. With his challenge to the heart of British cultural values – members of the Royal family displayed with full sleeve tattoos, iconic buildings such as Buckingham Palace or the Palace of Westminster depicted defaced by graffiti, Adams strikes at the heart of our cultural consciousness with his work.

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‘Harrods’ by JJ Adams

In the same way that Banksy became the art world’s darling, filling the vacuum left by the end of the love affair with the YBAs, Adams is making a name for himself, aided by Wishbone Publishing, with his phenomenal output. Born in Plymouth, Adams was raised in South Africa, remaining there until the end of the apartheid era when he returned to these shores with the aim of becoming a tattoo artist. Little wonder then that his obsession with body art spills over into his work, evidenced in his ‘Tattoo Series’ where icons of royalty, music and the silver screen are depicted with awesome full sleeve and knuckle tattoos. The ubiquity of the tattoo in mainstream culture must play a part in his appeal to the mainstream art audience, but there is more to his art than purely capitalising on a social trend. His interest in printing and in graphic design – honed when working in the South West as a printer whilst experimenting with art in his spare time – are evident in the stylised way much of his work is presented. Combining media such as printing, collage, spray paint, screen prints and hand painted acrylics, his work has attracted attention from Christie’s, Rolls Royce, Vogue and GQ magazines with its rawness, energy and passion, but also with its accessibility and broad subject appeal.

But, like Banksy, Adams is certainly not a mainstream fine artist, and similarly, much of his work remains true to the roots of his style and influences. Where Banksy’s popularity came from the street through recognition of his graffiti and its subsequent elevation to ‘art’, Adams work is equally accessible and most importantly recognisable in its representation of things ‘normal’ that have been given Adams’ treatment which, in challenging their orthodoxy, cause the audience to consider their own response to these significant cultural icons. However, being able to picture ‘Harrods’ department store with graffitied windows and point of sale, somehow appeals to the British sense of humour and perhaps more importantly makes the audience question why the imagery is such a visual shock. To have the artistic vision to produce works that speaks on such an accessible level to the man / woman in the street and yet which so cleverly strikes at the heart of our culture is evidence of Adams’ skill and gives a big clue as to why his work is generating such excitement in the art – and wider – community. Fundamentally this is what makes JJ Adams so popular and undeniably an artist to invest in!

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‘Wonder Woman’ by JJ Adams

 

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‘Sonic Vs Mario’ by JJ Adams

Collection available within our Nottingham Gallery

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

Tel : 01159243555 ~ Email : george@georgethorntonart.com

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Nottinghams very own Jane Thomson

Spend time with Jane’s paintings; on the surface they are beautiful and intricate, but like the layers they are made from, there is so much depth to these works. Figurative art exposes and addresses the concept of beauty. How we are perceived and how we perceive others.

Jane’s use of ink, pencil and pastel is delicate. Perfect medium for the female form. She then interlinks imagery with layers of printed thoughts either from photographic text or her own poetry.

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‘Unfolding’ – Mixed Media on Board

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‘Invisible Ink on her Skin’ – Mixed Media on Board

Come and visit our current display with artist Jane Thomson.

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN – Tel : 01159243555

 

8 weird & wonderful works that will boggle your mind!

What does it mean for something to be weird? Perhaps something that is a little out of the ordinary? Surreal? Left of field? Supernatural perhaps… ?

Here in the Gallery we think that weird is wonderful! 8 weird and wonderful pieces to make you think…

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‘My Black Heart’ by Mr Go

‘Fortunes Balled’ by Nom Kinnear King

‘Womb Service’ by Xue Wang

‘Exposure’ by Ian Hodgson

‘Egress’ by Ian Jones

‘The Devil Hath Power to Assume a Pleasing Shape’ by Magnus Gjoen

‘Crwcwd’ by Anna E Davies

‘Unfolding’ by Jane Thomson

George Thornton Art ~ 12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

Tel – 01159243555

Orange is the New Black… (Art-wise obviously…)

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‘Crwcwd’ by Anna E Davies

The orange colour is a very warm and vibrant that actually gives very different reactions throughout the world. In the Netherlands it’s the national colour. Asia, more sacred surrounding Buddhist monks and their robes and finally, the United States its associated with Halloween! That aside the colour orange always plays a big part in our homes. Very warm. From carrot colored carpets to apricot bathroom suites, orange has managed to makes us smile and certainly brightens up that room or office space. See our art, be inspired and find what works for you?

The Butterfly Effect

‘The Butterfly Effect’ by Louise McNaught

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‘Organicolour’ by Russell Hatton

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‘Jane’ by Nick Holdsworth

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‘Betty’ by Oli Fowler

Northern Light by Louise McNaught

‘Northern Lights’ by Lousie McNaught

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‘Vandal Helmet’ by Zombiedan

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‘Genesis’ by Kieran Crowder

 

George Thornton Art {12A Flying Horse Walk}{Nottingham}{NG1 2HN}

Telephone – 01159243555

 

Exhibition Invite – ‘The Heat is On’

A Brilliant Line! 80x40cm

Please accept this email as your personal invite to our latest exhibition with the formidable Jan Nelson.

We are just so excited to be playing host to Jan Nelsons anticipated solo show in Nottingham from 14th – 21st July

You are welcome to come and meet the artist that opening Saturday 1pm until 4pm. Jan will be on hand to discuss her techniques, ideas and inspirations. We are expecting a busy day so do reserve your place – george@georgethorntonart.com

Surfing the Sound - 30x30cm

Surfing the Sound by Jan Nelson

Sunset Starburst! - 50x50cm

Sunset Sunburst by Jan Nelson

Simple strips of abstract colour make up enigmatic compositions! Jan Nelson, famous for her nautical scenes will be providing the gallery with something different this year… Landscapes, floral, sailing and motor sports will be in order and as ever you can expect a huge degree of colour and energy from this incredible artist.

12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN
tel : 01159243555

Jane Thomson – Exalting the Everyday

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Unfolding‘ by Jane Thomson – 100cm x 80cm x 7cm – Mixed Media / Board – £1,495

Nottingham-based painter and lecturer Jane Thomson produces unique and sensual monochrome pieces using layers of print, paper and text.

Her figures, white and pure, emerge from a chalky void like sculptures. The elegant poses of her fragile subjects are depicted as if in alabaster or marble, elevating the everyday lives of these women to the realm of heroes and historical figures depicted by Michelangelo and his peers.

Her latest work is inspired by the timeworn frescos found in the chapels and villas of Florence and recall the high art of the ancient world.

This is most clearly seen in Study for Invisible Ink which appears as much a lover’s sketch as an alternative perspective of Diana of Gabii, sculpted by Praxiteles – a pioneer of depictions of the nude female form – more than 2000 years ago.

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Invisible Ink‘ by Jane Thomson – 34cm x 18cm x 4cm – Mixed Media / Board – £395

‘Invisible Ink’ is a piece which rewards reflection, appearing also as a female response to Rodin’s famous ‘The Thinker’.

The work of Jane Thomson is composed of distorted poems, fragments swirling around the central figure. The effect is one of revelation and concealment, exposure and mystery, with a sense of hidden depth in the layers of print, Oils and pencil.

Jane Thomson will be displaying artwork within our ‘Fragments’ exhibition 30th June until 7th July. Do come and view these fabulous artworks.

EXHIBITION – Jane Thomson ‘Fragments’

George Thornton Art – 12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

Tel – 01159243555 : E.mail – george@georgethorntonart.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna E Davies – Shifting Perceptions

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Welsh painter Davies takes inspiration from her day-to-day environment in Nottingham, revealing the underlying sentiments and sensations lurking in mundane, everyday experiences.

Her ruddy, fleshy figures recall the grubby worlds of Raymond Briggs and Quentin Blake as much as Francis Bacon’s contorted dreamscapes. Here the mind is making a break for it through the body and reality is worming its way out from under appearance.

Self portrait (full)

The shifting, fuzzy face of the grim figure in Reflection (below) stands in stark contrast to the defined shape of the teacher or perhaps self portrait seen in Sketch (above image)

Davies work here recalls the existentialist philosophy of Heidegger and Sartre with the subject of Sketch defined and submerged into the social identity of the teacher, while the figure in Reflection is confronted with the terrible freedom of authenticity and the clamouring, battling swirl of multiple identities.

Reflection

The Gallery welcomes this fine emerging artist to our books. Already a positive reaction we anticipate Davies to be an artist not to be overlooked. Click here to find out more

George Thornton Art : 12A Flying Horse Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2HN

Telephone – 01159243555